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US: The USS Liberty episode

Regarding Assault on the Liberty, by James M. Ennes Jr, , Martin Storey says "A quick check on Amazon shows that indeed the book may be out of print in the form of the one I have, but it is still available as ISBN 0972311602 from Reintree Press (July 2002). So no worries about freedom of press in this case: it looks like my book just went out of supply because it went out of demand...Ever helpful, Amazon list at least 2 more (presumably available) books on exactly the same subject:The Liberty Incident: The 1967 Attack on the U.S. Navy Spy Ship by A. Jay Cristol (Hardcover). Attack on the Uss Liberty by William D. Gerhard (Paperback).

RH: It seems to me that Reintree would not have printed the book unless there were a demand, and if there was a demand Random House would have reprinted it, which would have been much cheaper than putting out a new edition. If there were any simple explanation, Random House would have referred the would-be purchaser to Reintree.

Hank Greely says: "The Amazon site shows 20 reviews of the book with an average rating of 4 stars. The reviews were, as the jargon goes, "bimodally distributed" - there were four 1's, two 4's, and fourteen 5's. One of the reviewers mentioned that the book had two addenda by the author, one from 1986 and one from 2002. Judging from the negative reviewers, what actually happened to the Liberty (and why) remains quite controversial. I don't have a view on the issue and am unlikely to invest the time in reading the sources to have an informed view. But I do have a question for those posters who believe Israel knowingly and intentionally attacked the Liberty. Why would Israel do that on the eve of the six day war? To prevent (or hinder) US eavesdropping on Israeli and Arab communications? To pretend that Arab planes had attacked the Liberty as a provocation? To try to anger their main ally as war loomed? I really am having a difficult time seeing a reasonable motive".

RH: Perhaps Ed Jajko can answer this question. Reviews of such books often have little to do with the quality of the book; they basically tell us whether the reader agreed with the author or not. It is possible that there was a concerted effort to discredit the book.

Ronald Hilton - 4/28/03